Who are the Half Century Trojans?

Half Century Trojans are a vibrant community that includes all USC alumni (including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree alumni) who earned a bachelor’s degree from any college or university at least 50 years ago. As caretakers of USC history and tradition, Half Century Trojans are uniquely positioned to promote the Trojan Spirit and to strengthen the bonds that connect USC alumni across generations.

The organization offers all senior USC alumni a variety of programs designed to stimulate university-related interest, participation and engagement. Annual signature events include Going Back to College Day in the winter and the Half Century Trojans Luncheon in the fall.

Half Century Trojans Going Back to College Day

On the afternoon of February 28, 2018, nearly three hundred exemplary members of the Half Century Trojans were welcomed back to college by the USC Alumni Association. These alumni, who graduated 50 or more years ago, enjoyed a day on campus reconnecting with former classmates and experiencing the exciting USC of today. Attendees heard from current student leaders, transformative faculty and key administrators while reminiscing with old friends and upholding the university traditions and ideals that form the Trojan Family.

 Check-In / Breakfast | Argue Plaza

Pick up your welcome packet and enjoy a continental breakfast.

University Welcome | Argue Plaza

Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08, associate senior vice president for alumni relations, welcomes the Half Century Trojans back to campus.



 Class 1 in Session | Doheny Library and Widney Alumni House
Class 2 in Session

(choose two from the options below)

The Evolution of Media Technology and Virtual Reality Usage in the Future

Featuring Robert Hernandez, associate professor of professional practice at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism



Super Surgeries: The Advancements in Medical Procedure

Featuring Dr. Inderbir Gill, chair and distinguished professor of urology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC




Discovering Lost L.A., USC Libraries’ Emmy-Nominated TV Series

Featuring Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries




The Psychology of Brain Training in Older Adults

Featuring Dr. Elizabeth Zelinski, professor of gerontology and psychology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology



Lunch | Ronald Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom

Keynote and student panel moderated by Tim Tessalone ’77, Sports Information Director at USC Athletics



After-School Campus Walking Tours (optional, 50-60 minutes)

Take a tour of one of the three newest campus additions: Wallis Annenberg Hall, Michelson Hall or USC Village.

Hall of Fame Luncheon 2017

On October 25th the Alumni Association recognized four remarkable Half Century Trojans who exemplify the ideals of the Trojan Family and who have had a significant impact on the fields of government service, business, education, and medicine. The Distinguished Service Award was dedicated to Half Century Trojans board member Dann Angeloff ’58, ’63.

Still Fighting On!

2017 Hall of Fame Honorees

Stanley Gold JD ’67

Stanley Gold JD ’67

President and CEO of Shamrock Holdings
Presented by USC Gould School of Law Dean Andrew T. Guzman
Dr. Phil Manning '43, MD ’48

Dr. Phil Manning '43, MD ’48

Professor Emeritus, retired after 48 years of service, at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
Presented by Keck School of Medicine of USC Associate Dean for Educational Affairs Raquel Arias
Thomas C. Reed MS ’59

Thomas C. Reed MS ’59

Former Secretary of the Air Force
Presented by USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos
Carole Shammas ’64, MA ’67

Carole Shammas ’64, MA ’67

Historian, academic and author; John R. Hubbard Chair Emerita in History
Presented by USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Dean Amber Miller

2017 Distinguished Service Award

Dann Angeloff ’58, MA’63

Dann Angeloff ’58, MA’63

Past President, Half Century Trojans

Proudly sponsored by:

Table Sponsors

Dann V. Angeloff
Keck School of Medicine of USC
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
USC Gould School of Law
USC Marshall School of Business
USC Viterbi School of Engineering

The Half Century Trojan Scholarship Program

Half Century Trojans strengthen the university’s legacy by sponsoring the Half Century Trojans Scholarship Program, which annually confers 17 $10,000 scholarships to direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. By 2020, the number of $10,000 scholarships awarded to deserving students will increase to 20.


The scholarship is open to continuing undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. These scholarships can be renewed for the remainder of the recipient’s undergraduate career at USC, based on continued strong academic performance. Scholarship recipients must meet the academic standards adopted by the Half Century Trojans Board of Directors. Scholarship recipients may pursue any academic major in any USC school.

To learn more about the application process, email tanyamor@usc.edu or hctrojans@usc.edu or call 213.740.2300 for more information.


The Selection Process

Selected applicants are invited to interview with the Half Century Trojans Selection Committee. Applicants should provide evidence of academic achievement, leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, work experience and a commitment to community service.



Support for the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship Fund can be provided in a variety of forms, including cash, appreciated securities, real estate or other assets. Contributions can also be made through wills, living trusts, charitable gift annuities, or any combination of these devices. Whatever its structure, each gift to the scholarship fund benefits talented students at USC.

To make a gift directly online, please see below Give Now button:

Giving Website

If send contribution via check, please complete and mail  this form  along with a check made out to the USC Half Century Trojan Scholarship, to the following address:

USC Half Century Trojans Scholarship Fund
Epstein Family Alumni Center
3607 Trousdale Parkway, TCC 305
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3106

If you have any questions regarding your contribution, please contact Kate Fergusson, associate director of engagement programs, at 213-740-2300 or hct@usc.edu


Jim Childs ’61, President
Abe Somer ’59, Past President
Alli Lockwood Solum ’59, President-Elect
Janet Tonkovich ’64, Recording Secretary
Joan Torribio ’64, Corresponding Secretary

Jay Vari Berger ’66
Sara Jane Bettge ’66
Robert Brockmeier ’63
Jack Conley ’60
Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65
Miller Fong ’64
Robert Frinier ’63
Carlos Galindo ’65
Donald K. Garner ’66
Hugh Helm ’62
Neil B. Martin ’64
James O’Toole ’66
Priscilla Partridge de Garcia ’63
Patricia Chan Poon ’65
Marilyn McLarnan Thomas ’63

Paul Alwine ’62
Dann V. Angeloff ’58, MBA ’63*
Cornie Goodwin Baer ’59
Dee Dee Moffat Freeman Brewer ’61
Dan Cassidy ’59*
Pat Chapman ’49
Robert Clifford ’55
Robert H. Davis ’50
Sharon Monahan DeBriere ’55
Candy Allen Duncan ’52
Sue Masi Femino ’61
Bill Hare ’60
Jack Head ’51
Rita K. Holman ’50
Tommy Kuenster ’57
Violet Lorenzen ’51
Jim Maddux ’56*
Jim Manos ’54
Mary Kotsikos Manos ’58
Mary Memory ’62
Katherine Mosley Moore ’55
Wilma Pinder ’62
Lorna Young Reed ’58*
Paul T. Salata ’49
Sue Corwin Schaar ’56
Gretchen Slininger Schumacher ’58
*Half Century Trojans Past President

President Emeriti
Former Half Century Trojan presidents who faithfully served our alumni group for more than five years after their presidential tenure.
Mary Kay Arbuthnot ’46
Jea Morf Baran ’48
Seymour Canter ’55
Edsel Curry ’47
Janet Ewart Eddy ’53
Jim Eddy ’52
Mildred Carman Farnsworth ’46
Terry Pearson ’53
Albert D. Shonk ’54

University Advisor 
Tanya Moran
Associate Director, Generational Programs
USC Alumni Association

How do I get involved?

There is no formal registration process to become a Half Century Trojan. All USC-degreed alumni automatically become Half Century Trojans once they reach the 50-year anniversary of receiving their undergraduate degree. For more information on becoming involved with Half Century Trojans, please contact the USC Alumni Association at (213) 740-2300 or e-mail.


Can I contribute to Scholarships?

Half Century Trojans strengthen the university’s legacy by sponsoring the Half Century Trojans Scholarship Program, which annually confers scholarships of $10,000 each to a number of direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. The scholarships, open only to continuing USC students, are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership potential and community service. For more information, please contact the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at (213) 740-5930 or click here.

 Email tanyamor@usc.edu or call (213) 740-2300 for more information.

Important Dates:


Thursday, March 22 – Saturday, March 23
10th Annual USC Women’s Conference: Women’s Conference Passion, Power & Wisdom

Sunday, April 8
Spring Musical – Westside Story
To register, click this link: http://events.usc.edu/esvp/ Use ESVP code Musical.  Then in the ‘Comments’ section on the second page please write HCT to sit by other Half Century Trojans.

Saturday, April 28
85th Annual USC Alumni Awards

Friday, May 4, 2018
Day of SCupport

Friday, May 11, 2018
Half Century Trojans Commencement Reception and Procession